You’re the one who pays the taxes and funds your county government, so it makes sense that your county commissioners would want to hear from you as to how your money should be spent in the fiscal 2023-2024 budget.

Guilford County has finalized most of the details for the events that will be held in different parts of the county and residents of the various districts will get a chance to let commissioners know what budget priorities they have on their minds.

Here are the dates and locations for the budget town halls. There will be four meetings and, as of Thursday, March 2, three of those had been finalized.

  • Monday, March 13 at Union Square on Gate City Boulevard in Greensboro
  • Wednesday, March 15 at the Sedalia Town Hall
  • Monday, March 20 at the Carl Chavis Memorial YMCA in High Point

There’s also a tentative town hall scheduled to be held on Tuesday, March 21 at Bur-Mil Park Clubhouse though county staff cautioned that the day and place of that event may change.  Further information regarding that town hall session will be posted on the county’s webpage.

If ever there was a Guilford County Board of Commissioners to ask for something, this is the board to ask.  In the past, Boards of Commissioners have cautioned citizens that there’s not enough money to fund every request.  However, for the past two years, the board has acted as though there’s no need to keep spending down.

The board has done things like put a $1.7 billion school bond on the ballot, quadrupled the size of the county’s Public Relations Department in one month, and, in less than a minute, added five MWBE positions to a department that previously had three.  The commissioners have also given every county employee and every department head 5 percent raises and given the employees a wealth of new benefits and perks and embarked upon a number of multi-million construction and renovation projects.

So the board certainly seems to be in a generous mood for all who ask at the present time.